Gentle swatm of honey bees

Asked April 8, 2017, 2:19 PM EDT

I have a beautiful swarm of honey bees working on a flowering shrub and recently bloomed hyacinth right out my front door on Letsch Rd in Waterloo. I do not want to injure them. I'd like them safely relocated, but do not have funds to do so. Who to contact is the question. Or is this just something i need to get used to here in Iowa?

Black Hawk County Iowa

1 Response

Hello:

Thank you you for your message and for contacting Iowa State University.

Honey bee swarms are temporary assemblages of clusters of honey bees on their way to somewhere else. They have split off from an existing colony and are looking for a new sheltered location to resume colony activity.

The Iowa Honey Producers Association has a page of information on honey bee swarms and a link to beekeepers who are willing to collect swarms or colonies.

https://www.iowahoneyproducers.org/swarms

Finally, swarms are temporary and if you can stay clear of the area and wait they will go away. https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/honey-bee

Thanks.

Donald Lewis